In spite of our heavy losses lately, we are awash in poultry. Right now, as I type this, there are something like 65 birds at my house. There will be more coming in mid-June, and still more coming in mid-July. There are chicks everywhere...home-hatched chicks and hatchery chicks, cockerel chicks and pullet chicks, chicks for meat and chicks for laying, and ducklings...did I mention ducklings? We're apparently quite good at accumulating birds these days, but our egg production is rubbish. Between the two snakes, the raccoon and the skunk, the poor ladies are so nervous that they can barely squeeze out an egg or two amongst the lot of them.
This is NOT good for egg sales. It may be time to change our business model.